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"And we're back with our political panel. Amy, Walter is with the cook political report, Ben dominant is the publisher of the federalist Sean Thomas is the Washington bureau, chief advice news and NC court is CBS news chief congressional correspondent she spent most of the week in Florida and Georgia on the campaign trail, we're glad to have you been one place for his here. Nancy? I want to start with you. The chairman of the Republican party did not want to touch that ad run by the president's campaign with a twenty foot pole. So that's one thing which you can address, but also it represents to closing messages here chairwoman. Mcdaniel wants to talk about the economy and the strong numbers. The president wants to talk about something else. It's really telling that this is the closing weekend of a campaign season. The president just got all these great numbers. In terms of economic reports came out we have wage growth that we haven't seen in more than a decade in terms of the experience at the American economy. And yet that doesn't seem to be the thing that he wants to talk about at all it's not the thing that Republicans are really talking about this is an election that for them is a base election. And what they know is that what gets their base out there and excited and ramped up is questions of security questions of toughness of questions of law and order and not pay. You've got three point one percent wage growth. Right. You have the same exact problem on the other side. Which is when you hear an ad like that when you hear some of the things the president says people who are black Hispanic are saying this town the little bit racist to me, and that can then people up on the democratic side tail and not only that you had Republicans saying this sounds racist to me. So it wasn't even I mean, it was extraordinary to see so many Republicans come out and just straight up say this was a racist. Appeal nancy. You've been sorry. I'm used to having Anthony to my last Nancy. You've been out there. We shape this race in a lot of ways. But but out in the in the real world. What are you seeing? How much are Democrats being talking about healthcare and not taking the bait on some of these values issues or would just what what are you seeing healthcare is huge, in fact, over the course of this election. Democrats have spent about ninety million dollars on ads about healthcare. They think that this is the winning issue. Obamacare is much more popular now than it was even a few years ago at this point everyone knows someone with a pre existing condition who is getting coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Everyone watched Republicans fund fumbled this issue last year went suddenly they had the opportunity to come up with a plan that was panned by most healthcare groups and people are worried about protections for people preexisting conditions going away. Democrats believe that that is going to be a motivating factor for enough voters and some the lingers that out the Democrats have shown remarkable. Bowl. I think we'll Rogers is line. I'm I'm not a member of an organized party. I'm a democrat shown amazing discipline sticking to the healthcare message despite the efforts by the president and the press to pull them onto something else. Do you see it that way? I see it a little bit that way. I think one of the things that's been interesting to me is I was in Idaho. Which is not a bastion of democratic politics. I understand last week but Medicaid expansion is on the ballot. And even with conservatives, they seem to be going in the direction of voting for entrenching ObamaCare within Idaho. And while that doesn't mean like there will suddenly be a democratic governor of that doesn't mean there's something to that healthcare message. That speaks to a lot of people and Democrats know that in some in some of these swing districts that can help in turn some of the Republicans their way possibly, and it's also wide issue about the economy and the tax cuts isn't getting as much traction on just from the president. But even in some of these congressional races. Because what you hear voters a lot is. That's great maybe have a little more money. But you know, what I'm spending it on my prescription drugs, or I'm spending it on my healthcare costs the cost of living is going higher than what I'm getting in in my salary, or whatever I got from the tax cut. And so it's a very difficult message. Dj for Republicans to sort of nuance. This discussion about how great the economy is with people who are actually worrying about the most salient thing in their life and think they probably spend the most money on other than food which is their healthcare. I was down in Florida this week talking to Carlos Belo who is in one of these classic swing districts in Florida. He said that he wishes the president would talk more about the economy. I mean, we've got worth three point seven percent unemployment. We haven't seen a level that low since Lyndon Johnson. But the president himself admitted this week it's boring to talk about the economy. He'd rather. Jim people have been talk about immigration, and that is really difficult for a Republican light CRA Bello in a swing district. He said that caravan really ginned up our base in when he was in his rally. Ben, let me Mike Kaufman. Sixth district of Colorado. Another one of those tough seeds one of his strategists said in the last week, the president has behaved like a guy trying to build a permanent political majority in the Ozarks the purposeful provocation on immigration just makes an already grim situation in the suburbs. Even more. Difficult is this a president running in a kind of Senate save the Senate strategy, which but but which hurts in these suburban districts that Jonah was talking about absolutely. And I think that that's because the Senate matters more to the president. Then a lot of these different house members, many of whom he doesn't even know he doesn't he doesn't have a relationship with them. He knows who John tester is. He knows you Heidi Heitkamp is he knows Claire mccaskill is. And he dislikes them he wants to see them out. And so that's the reason that he's using the kind of approach that he has. But I think Republicans need to keep in mind in one of the real things we're going to learn in this midterm is how effective the president's strategy is being comparison the approach the President Obama is the problem with President Obama was that when he was on the ballot is team came out is base came out. They showed up this is now President Trump trying to figure out whether he can do the same thing in in an election when he's not on the ballot which was the same problem that was a real challenge for during the Obama years for other Democrats in in the exit polls in two thousand ten Democrats did not come out for President Obama to defend him in the way that our polls show that. Republicans are coming to defend Donald Trump. Yeah. And that's where that low propensity voter that I talked about earlier with Anthony, especially these voters on the Republican side, they came up for Donald Trump. Don't traditionally come out an issue like the economy, that's not gonna motivate them to get out to that on immigration. That's going to be the issue. The question though, in my mind, these different tiers of suits that I'm going to be watching on election night. There's the tier that we talk about those suburban districts specialist suburban districts at Hillary Clinton carried we're in Virginia suburbs. Philadelphia suburbs. Thankfully, a lot of these east coast time for those east coast. We can watch these come in New Jersey. But there are the districts. I'm most interested actually are the ones that President Obama carried. But then Trump carried right? Those districts like, for example, in Maine, another east coast big main too big big has democratic DNA. This is a labor stronghold they're going for Democrats forever. But like so much working class American moved to Trump in two thousand sixteen where did those? Voters go in two thousand eighteen that's going to tell us first of all whether Democrats have a great night or just an okay night. And also what it means about this Trump coalition. Do they show up only when Trump's on the ballot or have they also decided they're not is enamored with Trump in some of these places that have democratic DNA than in some of the other parts of the country like the south and live. Let's face it. I mean Democrats had almost nowhere to go. But up Republicans have a near historic majority in the house right now, they've picked up sixty three seats back in two thousand ten they added to it after that. So if Democrats don't pick up scenes on Tuesday night, then the party has even bigger problems than I thought and the historic anomaly, hold this these thoughts, we're gonna take a quick break. We'll be right back with more from our panel. Most people."